Improving skills is only way to stop jobs from disappearing
Europeans need to improve their skills to avoid jobs disappearing from the region
So says the European Commission as it launched an effort to boost employability, competitiveness and growth. Its Skills Agenda for Europe programme will push EU governments to improve literacy, numeracy and particularly digital skills as many IT companies says they have vacancies but cannot find qualified workers. It is a big job given that there are an estimated 70m Europeans who can’t read and write adequately and even more with poor numeracy and digitals skills.
Marianne Thyssen, the Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility Commissioner, says, “We have a recommendation on the skills guarantee, and there we ask member states to make an effort to stand by people, that really have very low basic skills.”
An aging population means fewer Europeans of working age leading to the need for a more skilled workforce. Ms. Thyssen says there should also be a greater appreciation of blue collar workers, “I think there is not enough respect for technical jobs at this moment in our society. It’s often seen as a second choice, not as the first option. We have to show people, that this gives really a prospect of having a job, a quality job, a well paid job.”